Monday, March 14, 2011

Coastal Scents Winterberry Palette Review

As you all can probably tell I have a little addiction to Coastal Scents products. Below you will find my thoughts and opinions on the Winterberry Palette from their 12 shadow palette collection. Each of the pans in this palette are called Hot Pots and can also be purchased separately if desired.

(Swatches Available Here!)

Overview: This particular palette is compiled of 12 individual eyeshadow pans (Hot Pots) which can be removed and or replaced from the compact itself. The shades vary over a assortment of pinks and purples and are inspired by the kinds of berries you would find in the winter weather. Hence, the name Winterberry. All of the colors in this palette are shimmery. Each pan is about the size of a quarter and the compact is a little bigger then the size of my hand. The palette is magnetized and includes a full size mirror. It will include the Coastal Scents logo printed on the front as well as the palette name and the web address is printed on the back.

My Rating:

Packaging: 5/5
I actually feel the packaging of this product is pretty convenient. It's very small and sleek making storage pretty easy. I also love that the mirror is full sized and the pans are magnetized so they can be removed (There is a slight lip on each of the pot holders making removal pretty effortless). The magnets are pretty strong so you wouldn't really have to worry about them falling out during travel. The casing also seems pretty durable as well so unless it was dropped several times, I don't think breakage would be a problem.

Versatility: 4/5
While the colors in this palette are gorgeous and would work well with any skin tone, I deduct a point for a lack of any matte shadows. While some people may not find that as a downfall, I do. I also noticed that there isn't any shades that could be used as a good highlight for my skin. This would make it necessary to bring along other shadows when traveling. To me, this makes this palette a little less versatile than some others I've worked with. However, where the palette is lacking in matte and highlight colors, it certainly is making up for in unique-ness (not sure that's even a word, lol). Alot of the shades in this palette would be hard to dupe against anything else at least from what I've tried. I also loved that there is so much variation between the shades making it easy to go from a subtle to dramatic look without having to start from scratch every time.

Quality: 5/5
Coastal Scents pretty much has the quality of all their products in the bag. As far a this particular product is concerned, I certainly wasn't left disappointed. All of the pans are highly pigmented so you will find that the color transfer is pretty on point. However, that is not to say you won't be able to create a light application. As long as you use the right techniques and correct brush, creating a barely there look is totally possible. I also was pretty pleased to see that there wasn't any problem with chalkiness or blend ability (that I came across). Everything just applied so smoothly and there was very little to no fallout out. All in all, I was really impressed with this one!

Price: 5/5
This is one of those things that Coastal Scents is known for. At a price of $21.95 usd. (Click here to purchase) it just can't be beat. If you break down the math on that, you are getting each pan for $1.82 usd and that's not even factoring in the compact. I believe these shadows to be some of the best quality I have used and would be willing to pay much more than what is being charged. This is a total steal for anyone weather your pockets are big or small.

Overall thoughts:
This palette was a huge surprise when I received it. I went back and forth a million times trying to decide if I really wanted it but I am so glad that I finally gave in. The colors are undoubtedly gorgeous and the quality is so much better than I had ever expected. This is an absolute must have!

Would I buy again: Absolutely! I love this palette so much that I plan to repurchase and replace the individual hot pots as soon as I hit pan. Even tho, with the amount of product you receive, I don't think  that will be anytime soon.

Recap: Overall this palette scores a 19/20.. With versatility being the area a point was deducted I'd say this one is an absolute must buy for anyone looking to expand their collection no matter what skin tone eye or hair color you have, this palette will suit just about anyone looking to create any purple inspired look.

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Please Note: I am not Affiliated with Coastal Scents or any of it's suppliers in any way. All statements, Photo's, etc. are 100% my own honest opinion and based off of my personal experiences. I was not paid or comped in any way for this review.

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